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go away. he could certainly learn a thing, mitt romney could, about being courageous from john mccain. remember in 2008 when john mccain stood up to the people who thought president obama administration was a muslim. >> no, man. he is not. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> jennifer: john mccain earned a lot of respect for standing up and being honest. mitt romney remains silent. silence in the face of these kind of comments is unacceptable. there's a saying that goes not to speak is to speak. not to act is to act. joining me from washington to discuss the republican's race to the bottom is democratic strategist and syndicated columnist karl frisch, and coming to us from boston is charlie pierce, contributing editor of "esquire" magazine. both of you gentlemen welcome back inside "the war room." >> good evening, governor. >> hello, governor. how are you? >> jennifer: i am great. charlie let me start with you. how it is that mitt romney can continue to affiliation himself with people who make inane comments like those. >> first of all the jesuate fathers thought me
that the president won, those areas have turned out to a higher degree than the precincts won by john mccain. it is about a 90,000 to 70,000 percent -- number about 54 to 46% obama precincts have turned out. and we're very pleased with that, so i think you can make a conclusion that the early vote is coming out for the president, and that's a trend we need to carry over the next ten days. bile kicking off about a half a dozen canvases tomorrow. we would encourage people to early vote tomorrow as you go out to buy batteries and bread tomorrow put on the list voting. vote early. go to gottavote.com to find out where you can vote early. >> jennifer: brian is the hurricane projected to have an impact in virginia? >> well, we don't know. we're watching it very closely as of now we're continuing all of our activities over the weekend -- >> jennifer: it's a little further north, i believe. what part of the state are you as chairman most concerned about? is it the d.c. suburbs or other parts of the state that might need more convincing? >> because of the substantial ground g
a whopping 66% of the youth vote in 2008. compared to senator john mccain who got just 32%. according to a new poll by the center for information and research on civic learning engagement, if the election were held today, the president would carry 52% of the youth vote compared to governor romney's 35%. now, obviously a 717-point spread is nothing to -- a 17-point spread is nothing to bark at but the obama team is hoping to get closer to the 2008 spread. to rally this important voting block, they're dispatching high profile surrogates like actor cal penn to universities across the country especially in the last days. >> everyone who comes to our youth events tends to have a reason why they're there. in 2012, it's because they're better off. their buddies are home from iraq. my friends that didn't have healthcare access have it. >> jennifer: that was cal in north carolina which is a state that president obama only carried by 14,000 votes in 2008. and tonight we're so happy to welcome cal penn back inside "the war room."
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